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16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival
Since 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation has hosted renowned signature events, like the Deering Seafood Festival, to invite the South Florida community to engage with the historic Deering Estate, learn about the importance of environmental conservation and participate in a year-long calendar of fun-filled cultural, educational, and recreational experiences.
The Deering Estate Foundation looks forward to welcoming families of all ages to experience fresh seafood, chef demos, live entertainment and kid’s activities at the award-winning Deering Seafood Festival on Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission Cost, Non-Foundation Members: Adults (ages 15+) is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event; children (ages 4-14), is $7 in advance and $10 the day of the event. Ticket includes park entrance, and excludes food, drink, and pontoon rides. All proceeds benefit the Deering Estate Foundation, to be used for environmental education, preservation and programming. This event sells out, so get your tickets early, or become a member of the Deering Estate Foundation and enjoy free admission.
Admission Cost, Foundation Members: FREE; Reserve your Tickets below! Members will be prompted to add their member number in the ticket link below to reserve their free tickets. No Member ID listed on your Foundation membership card or having an issue reserving? Contact Us or call (305)235-1668, Option 4.
Food & Drink Vendors
At the Deering Seafood Festival, guests will be able to buy food and drink from some of South Florida’s best restaurants and suppliers. Participating seafood restaurants include: Golden Rule Seafood, Sports Grill, Catering by Les, Chef Winston Catering, Paella Party, Antigua Barbuda, Popos Seafood, Mr. Cobbs BBQ and Pub Grill. Other food vendors guests can get excited about are Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream, Waffle Cabin Miami and Sugar Boutique. Eagle Brands will be onsite selling Michelob Ultra and Stella Artois. For the first time ever, there will be a beer lounge provided by Veza Sur, where guests 21+ can enjoy the Wynwood-born brewery’s Spanglish and Mangolandia beers and a specialty beer cocktail in a shaded area with tables and chairs. *Vendor inquiries: ALL Food, Drink, & Artist Vendor spaces are FULLY BOOKED.
Chef Demo Tent
Sponsored by the Deering Estate Foundation, the Chef Demo Tent is one of the highlights of the Deering Seafood Festival. It’s where six fabulous South Florida chefs present 45-minute cooking demonstrations of their favorite seafood dishes, many of which are from their restaurant menus. Five demos will be led by chefs from popular Miami restaurants, and the final demo will be completed by the student winners of our annual Deering Seafood Festival Culinary Student Competition: Alexa Rodriguez & Leo Soto and Regina Dukat & Benz Abas. The competition took place at FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management on March 15, 2022.
This year, the Chef Demo Tent will feature Pablo Zitzman (Zitz Sum, a James Beard Award nominee for “Best New Restaurant” in 2022), Jim Pastor (The Rusty Pelican), Cesar Zapata (Phuc Yea), Utpal Dighe (2019 Deering Seafood Festival Culinary Student Competition winner and owner of Samsara Creations) and Botanico Gin & Cookhouse. Throughout the day, a team of FIU culinary students will serve as sous chefs to those leading the Chef Demonstration, helping them to prepare their dish and clean up the cooking area.
All cooking demonstrations are free with admission. Audiences are limited to 100 guests per demo, and spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will enjoy samples of the food prepared by the chef, get a copy of the recipe and have an opportunity to ask him or her questions.
Entertainment & Activities
While Florida’s freshest fish and seafood are always the main event, nonstop entertainment will keep the family dancing all day long. The festival will kick off with a Bahamian Junkanoo band and Virgin Island stilt walkers parading through Deering Estate, followed by performances by Visions Band FL, Caribbean Crew and Cutler Stew on the main stage.
Guests who want to get out on the water can take guided Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides (for an additional fee, paid on-site) from Deering Estate toward Chicken Key. Back on land, arts aficionados can wander down Artists Lane and find handmade paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry by local artisans.
Just for Kids
Presented by Kiddos Magazine, The Deering Seafood Festival will have a special “Spring and Easter Fun Shrimp Kid’s Zone” with arts and crafts, a DJ, interesting exhibits, games, kid-friendly food, raffles, a magic show, a toddler play area, a potato sack race and – of course – an appearance by the Easter Bunny! An Easter egg hunt will begin at noon, so all kids are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets and join in the fun.
Also at the festival, Deering Discovery Cove will return with fun, educational programming and activities pulled from Deering Estate’s environmental classes and camps! These classes attract more than 17,000 children throughout the year both virtually and, more recently, in person.
Health & Safety
While there are no set mandates in place, Miami-Dade County offers recommendations regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Event guests are encouraged to maintain responsible social distancing and wear masks in large crowds and around individuals who aren’t vaccinated. They should avoid close contact with others who are not part of their group. Festival guests are advised to check the Deering Estate Covid-19 updates page prior to visiting for any COVID advisories.
Transportation & Parking
In addition to street and area parking, free “Park and Ride” will be available to all festival guests at Westminster Christian School ( 6855 SW 152 Street) and Palmetto Bay Village Center (18001 Old Cutler Road). Shuttle buses will go to and from the venue and Deering Estate every 15 minutes. For those wishing to ride their bikes to the festival, a courtesy bike valet will be available from Green Mobility Network.
As a nonprofit organization, Deering Estate could not host its year-long calendar of exciting community events without the help of its generous supporters. The 16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival was made possible by over 35 sponsors, including Eric’s Outboard, Shield Pest Control, Golden Rule Seafood, Shaka Kai, Sports Grille, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava and McLusky, McDonald & Hughes, as well as media and in-kind sponsors like Kiddos Magazine, Community Newspapers, Baptist Hospital, Florida International University, Miami International Airport, Brand Poets, Veza Sur and more. The festival also has the unwavering support of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council and the Board of County Commissioners.
IMPORTANT DO’S & DONT’S
* Buy your tickets early!
* Parking Overflow with FREE SHUTTLE Service located at:
– Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Road
– Westminster Christian School, 6855 SW 152 Street
* Golf Cart & Bike Parking: Near the Main Gate in the area between SW 168 Street & SW 167 Street along 72nd Avenue- Complimentary of Green Mobility Network.
* Arrival by boat or watercraft is prohibited.
* Prohibited Items: Please note that the following items are NOT PERMITTED (including but not limited to): Pets, coolers, picnic baskets, tents, pop-up tents, in-ground umbrellas, balloons, balls, drones, frisbees, kites, BBQ’s/barbecues/grills, bicycles (bicycle parking outside the Main grounds will be available), candles/open flame – rules are strictly enforced.
* Pets are prohibited.
* Historic Museum Homes are closed during this event.
* All Sales Final – No Refunds, No Exchanges, & No Rainchecks.
- Food & Drink Vendor Spaces – FULLY BOOKED!
- Artist Vendor Spaces – FULLY BOOKED!
Questions? Contact Us